Mr. Monty McDermott is entering his 27th year at St. John Bosco High School and his 17th year as Athletic Director. He attended St. Maria Goretti Parish school in Long Beach for eight years before attending St. John Bosco High School, graduating in the Class of 1986.
While attending Bosco, Mr. McDermott was a captain and all Del Rey League performer in baseball and football. In his senior season, he set a national high school record vs Don Bosco Tech, hitting three home runs (two grand slams) and finishing the day with 14 RBI's, which stands today as the California state record. Mr. McDermott went on to play baseball at the University of San Diego, later transferring to the University of La Verne, where he was a captain and All-West Region outfielder for the Leopards. He graduated from University of La Verne and earned a teaching credential in Kinesiology and Biology in 1991.
In 1992, he came home to St. John Bosco High School as a PE teacher, baseball and football coach. Throughout his years here, Mr. McDermott served as a teacher (Math, Physical Education, Science and Health), Dean of Discipline, Department Chair, baseball and football coach before becoming Assistant Athletic Director in 1999. In 2001, Mr. McDermott earned a Masters Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and was named Athletic Director in the fall of 2002. He currently serves as the CIF Representative for the Trinity League.
In 2007, the CIF named Mr. McDermott the first Champion for Character individual award-winner in the history of Bosco. The school has now won this prestigious award three times (a current record); in addition, four coach-administrators and seven student-athletes have won this award. Under Mr. McDermott's tenure as Athletic Director, the Braves have won 52 varsity league titles, 66 CIF SS titles (team and individual), 20 state championships (team and individuals) and 10 national titles (team and individual). In addition, there have been 274 All-CIF, 63 All-State and 32 All-American student-athletes under McDermott’s stretch as the Director of Athletics.
Personally, Mr. McDermott enjoys music, travelling, concerts, fishing and going to the movies. He lives with his wife Delores, son Monty Jr. and their dogs Sierra and Brave in Long Beach, where they attend St. Maria Goretti Parish.
I would like to welcome all of you to the 2018-2019 school year and another exciting year for St. John Bosco Athletics. All of our student-athletes and coaches have worked very hard over the summer and are ready to perform at the highest level on the fields, in the gymnasiums, on the track and in the pool! We are looking forward to seeing all of you out at the games! Go Braves!
Congratulations to all of our Brave athletes who competed in and out of the classroom this past school year. In fact, all 13 of our CIF varsity sports earned a team GPA of 3.0 or higher, winning CIF academic honors and 217 of our varsity student-athletes were awarded scholar athlete status (+3.0 TGPA) and even more impressive was that we had 71 varsity student-athletes earn a 4.0+ GPA. Both of these are the highest number in the school’s 78-year history. In 2017-18, our teams were also very successful on the field, compiling three league championships, 11 playoff berths, four final appearances, two section championships and one state title. Individual student-athletes earned 26 first team All CIF selections and won 13 CIF individual championships. In addition, we had six student-athletes named first team all-state, one state player of the year and two first team All Americans. In addition, our seniors earned 24 athletic scholarships, which is 24 times the national average. What a fantastic year!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who make the St. John Bosco athletic program a success. First, I want to start by thanking the parents, who spend so much time volunteering and supporting their sons on and off the field. I would also like to give gratitude to all of my alumni brothers, friends and fans who have supported St. John Bosco athletics over the years with prayers, attendance and support. Lastly, I want to thank the Salesians, our faculty, staff, administration and board of directors for all of the love, support and guidance they have given our student-athletes and coaches.
A special thanks goes out to our 115 coaches and athletic staff, who put in countless hours of effort. They are not only preparing our young men for their sport of choice, but are also forming their future lives as well. Finally, I would like to thank our student-athletes. I honestly believe that we have exceptional young men here at St. John Bosco High School. I am confident that their hard work and commitment in the classroom and on and off the field will make all of us proud of their extraordinary endeavors. I pray that all of us will continue to support these young men in a positive and spirited way so that they will continue their success. God Bless and Go Braves!
Class of 1986
Director of Athletics
(562) 920-1734, ext. 250
The St. John Bosco High School Athletics Program was established to offer lessons in spirituality, stamina and teamwork. Our interscholastic program teaches the Salesian qualities of sacrifice, self-discipline and dedication.
These character-building tools - along with perseverance, the desire to play fairly and grace in winning and losing - further the school’s goal of fostering individual growth and physical activity, which lead to mental and physical health. The Braves compete in the Trinity League, recognized as the most competitive league in California.
St. John Bosco High School competes in the Trinity League, which is recognized as the most competitive league in California and, arguably, the nation. We have traveled to play varsity contests in Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Florida, New Jersey, Missouri, Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington DC, Illinois, South Carolina and Minnesota. We currently have earned 123 league championships, 18 CIF team championships, 2 So Cal Regional championships, 8 State championships and 1 National title. We also have 451 All-CIF (23 CIF Players of the Year), 64 All-State (14 state champions, 4 State players of the Year) and 34 All-American Student-Athletes (9 Individual National Champions, 2 National players of the Year). We offer 13 CIF-sponsored sports comprising of 37 separate teams. In addition, we have 2 club sports. 75% of our student population participated in one or more of our sports, and six of our 13 CIF-sponsored sports are "non-cut," giving all students an opportunity to participate. In 2017-18, all 13 of our CIF Sports were named All Academic CIF with each varsity team’s GPA above a 3.0. Our varsity teams boasted 217 scholar-athletes and had 71 student-athletes earn a TGPA of 4.0 or better (35% of all student-athletes with a 4.0+ GPA). Out of 101 senior student-athletes, the class of 2017 had 24 student-athletes continue intercollegiate athletics on a scholarship, which is 24%. National average is 1%.
At all times, the program is complementary and supportive of the Salesian Educational System, which emphasizes the concepts of teaching and serving youth while incorporating the all-important tenants of religion, reason and loving kindness.
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